New Orleans - Blues, Soul & Jazz Gumbo Box set, Collector's Edition
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New Orleans remains the greatest music city on earth! All kinds of jazz and blues and funk and rock and everything else inbetween exists there hot musicians play on the street or in dive bars, often relying solely on tips to survive. Which is nothing new, the Big Easy always having been a poor city with more talent than money. Here we ve gathered together 50 classic original recordings by legendary artists that demonstrate how New Orleans music has taken shape - from when jazz first flowered in the city s brothels through to the Crescent City s finest blues, soul and R&B, so creating a musical gumbo of exceptional flavour and strength. Six-panel digipack, collectors 24 page full colour fold-out poster and detailed sleevenotes
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The first CD kicks off with tracks by Louis Armstrong ,Jelly Roll Morton, Kid Ory and other leading lights in the development of the N.O. jazz scene,moving on to early Blues and R'n'B exponents like Roy Brown ,Smiley Lewis and Guitar Slim with a nod towards Cajun with Clifton Chenier before moving into the R'n'R end of things with Bobby Charles.
The city's music from the 60's is well covered on the second CD with tracks from Fats Domino, Alan Toussaint,Professor Longhair and Lee Dorsey amongst a lot of other illustrious names from that era - some will be known to you - others not ,but every one of them had a hand in making New Orleans the musical hot bed it still is .
Music journalist and writer Garth Cartwright has done an exceptional job of gathering together 50 tracks that give a flavour of the development and influences on the music that has made the city's reputation as "the greatest music city on Earth ". Aficianados will have many ,if not all ,of these tracks but if you are a newcomer wanting a good starting point you would be hard pressed to find a better -or more reasonably priced - one .If on the other hand you just want a collection of songs played and sung to perfection ,this is also the one for you . It's a no brainer either way . Enjoy .
What his is though is a great jumping off point for anyone interested in the man and varied sounds of the Crescent City from the likes of Louis Armstrong (here featured in a recording from 1927) to Fats Domino to Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack. Sure some newer artissts are noticeably absent, but you'll find them in your own time if you want to (and if you're too lazy then look up Kermit Ruffins, Wynton Marsalis, HJon Cleary and Meschiya Lake as starters).
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